Minister Patrick O’Donovan has today welcomed the establishment of a new Technological University in the Midlands and Mid-West.
Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today confirmed Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology will be dissolved and a new TU will be established.
Speaking today, Minister O’Donovan said: “This is a great day for the Midlands and Mid- West and will hugely benefit students and staff but also businesses and communities.
“I am very much looking forward to this new TU bringing those benefits from Clare and Limerick, through Tipperary and up the Shannon across the Midlands to Athlone and beyond.
“This will allow people across the Midlands and Mid-West and beyond through digital connectivity to obtain a university degree in their home places.
Patrick O’Donovan added “The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving, and the people of the Midlands and Mid-West will be at the heart both geographically and practically of that evolution.
“This new TU – our third since 2019 – will now take its rightful place in the higher education landscape in the country’s heartlands. The new higher education institution of increased scale and reach will benefit the students and communities of Westmeath, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Offaly to name but some of the counties which will be served by the new university.”
The first TU in the history of the state, TU Dublin, was established on 1 January 2019 followed by the second, Munster Technological University or MTU (formerly Cork IT and IT Tralee) on 1 January 2021.